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Recipes Tagged with “Sweetpotato”

Sweet Potato Stir Fry

Main Course Side Dish Chinese Pork Sweetpotato Untested


  • 2 or 3 large cloves garlic
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger root
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 pound sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 6 ounces ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes


Mince enough of the garlic to yield 1 tablespoon. Peel and mince the ginger to yield 1 tablespoon. Separate the scallion whites and greens; chop each. Peel the sweet potato, and either grate it in a food processor (cut into chunks first), cut it into matchsticks or use a spiralizer.

Whisk together the wine or dry sherry, the soy sauce or tamari, the Worcestershire sauce and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the pork and stir with a fork to incorporate.

Heat a wok or large, well­-seasoned cast-iron skillet over high heat. Drizzle in the oil so that it coats the sides of the wok. Working quickly, add the garlic, ginger and scallion whites; stir-fry for 5 seconds, then add the pork mixture and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes, until the pork is cooked through.

Add the sweet potato; stir-fry for about 6 minutes and try to create some crisped edges on it, if possible. Some of the sweet potato pieces will still be somewhat firm. Remove from the heat.

Divide among individual bowls. Garnish each portion with the scallion greens. Serve hot.

Washington Post

Sweet Potato Croquettes with Black-Eyed Pea Curry

Main Course Curry Greens Indian Peas Sweetpotato



  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, boiled, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon oil, plus extra for panfrying
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup grated raw cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon amchur (dry mango powder)
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup semolina flour or breadcrumbs
  • salt to taste

Black-Eyed Pea Curry

  • 1/2 cup black-eye peas
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoons fresh ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons grated coconut
  • 1 cup chopped collard greens
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon kastoori methi
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds


_Curry: _Puree tomato, onion, garlic, ginger and coconut to a smooth paste and keep it ready. Heat oil, add cumin seeds, when it splutters, add the ground paste, all the spice powder, salt needed and cook until oil separates. Stir frequently in between. Add the cooked black eyed beans, 1 cup of water and collard greens and cook on low heat for about an hour.

_Croquettes: _Mash sweet potato and set aside to cool. Heat ½ tbsp oil in a pan and add cumin seeds to it. When cumin seeds start to sizzles and color deepens, add finely chopped onions and sauté 5 minutes. Add cauliflower and sauté 3 minutes. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute 1½ mins. Add turmeric, coriander, cumin, and chili powder and sauté them for 30 seconds. Add garam masala and dry mango powder and set aside to cool.

Combine onion mixture with the mashed sweet potatoes. To this add the bread crumbs, chopped cilantro and salt to taste and mix them well.

Form flattened croquettes. Dust each patty generously in semolina.Place 2-3 patties on a hot griddle or skillet with extra oil. Let them cook until the side turns golden brown and crisp. Gently flip and add more oil and cook until crisp and browned, 4-5 more minutes.

Maneet Chauhan, Edible Nashville

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Lentil Soup

Main Course Greens Lentil Soup Sweetpotato Untested


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon each black pepper and Himalayan pink sea salt
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 4 kale or turnip green leaves, ribs removed and chopped


In a dutch oven or soup pot, heat olive oil on medium/ high. Add onions and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until transparent. Add garlic and cubed sweet potatoes. Stir until ingredients are incorporated and cook for 5 minutes. Add seasonings and stir well. Pour in vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir and reduce to simmer. Add lentils. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove lid and add in kale. Cook for an additional 5 minutes until kale has wilted a bit but not lost its vibrant color. Remove from heat and serve warm.

Edible Nashville

Sweet Potato Pie

Dessert Pie Sweetpotato


  • 16 ounces peeled, roughly diced sweet potatoes (3 1/3 cups; 455g), from 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, seeds reserved for whipped cream topping
  • 2 or 3 cinnamon sticks (about 6 inches total)
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 26 ounces milk (3 1/4 cups; 740g), any percentage will do
  • 6 ounces heavy cream (3/4 cup; 170g)
  • 7 ounces white or lightly toasted sugar (1 cup; 195g)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt; use half as much if iodized
  • 1/2 ounce vanilla extract (1 tablespoon; 14g)
  • 3 large eggs


In a 3-quart stainless steel saucier, combine sweet potatoes, empty vanilla pod, cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg, milk, cream, and sugar. If you have a scale, write down the weight of the saucier and combined ingredients so you can precisely measure the reduction.

Bring to a boil over high heat, then adjust to medium-low and maintain a gentle simmer (higher heat may cause the milk to curdle). Scrape frequently with a flexible spatula to prevent milk solids from building up around the side, and simmer until sweet potatoes are fall-apart tender and dairy has condensed into a thick sauce, about 55 minutes. The saucier should weigh 19 ounces (535g) less than when you started. (Alternatively, total volume, including cooked sweet potato, should be 3 2/3 cups when finished.)

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 350°F (177°C). Remove vanilla bean and spices from saucier and purée sweet potato and dairy mixture with an immersion blender until smooth. (If needed, transfer to a smaller container to avoid splashing.) Whisk in ground cinnamon, grated nutmeg, salt, and vanilla, followed by eggs. If you like, strain through a fine-mesh strainer before pouring into prepared pie crust.

Bake pie until gently set in the middle (with an internal temperature of 195°F or 91°C), about 40 minutes. Cool at least 20 minutes before slicing with a chef’s knife, pausing to wipe the blade clean as needed. If desired, serve with dollops of whipped cream. Wrapped in plastic, sweet potato pie will keep up to 3 days at cool room temperature.

Serious Eats

Cardamom-Spiced Sweet Potato Gratin

Side Dish Sweetpotato


  • 6 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 12 cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1¾ teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 6 tablespoons duck fat or butter
  • cups white breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley


1. Toss potatoes, garlic, flour, oil, salt, pepper and cardamom together in a very large gratin dish (or 2 medium dishes). Place dollops of duck fat, evenly spaced, on top of potato mixture. Cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Remove gratin from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature, 1-2 hours. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place in oven and bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven, toss mixture, cover again with foil and bake until tender, 30 minutes more.

3. Meanwhile, make breadcrumb topping: In a bowl, toss white breadcrumbs, melted butter and parsley until combined.

4. Remove gratin from oven and remove foil. Increase oven temperature to 500 degrees. Place oven rack in top position. Sprinkle breadcrumb topping over potatoes. Place dish, uncovered, on top rack and broil until golden, about 5 minutes. Let rest 10-15 minutes before serving.

Gail Monaghan, Wall Street Journal

Curried Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Main Course Casserole Sweetpotato


  • 2 baking potatoes, cubed
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed a bit smaller than the white potatoes
  • 3 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 3 tbsp. curry powder, divided
  • 1 12-oz can coconut milk, divided
  • 1/4-1 tsp. salt, to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 lg. onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. ground beef or pork
  • 1 lb. mixed peas and carrots (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 tbsp. golden raisins


Preheat oven to 400. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and sweet potatoes and cook until tender, around 15 min. Drain well and mash with 2 tbsp. butter, 1 tbsp. curry, 1/2 c. coconut milk, salt, and pepper.

In a large skillet, heat remaining butter and oil over medium heat. Add remaining curry powder, cumin, coriander, paprika, onions, and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until spices are fragrant. Add ground meat and cook until browned, stirring to break up clumps. When nicely browned, drain off excess fat. Add peas, carrots, and golden raisins. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until the vegetables have thawed (if frozen). Add remaining coconut milk and cook for 2 minutes. Mixture should be thick and saucy. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.

Spoon the meat mixture into an ungreased 9x13 pan and press down gently. Spoon the potato mixture over the top and spread to cover. With a fork, make tine marks all over the top. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake until the top is lightly browned and meat is bubbly, about another 15 minutes.

Penzey’s Spices

Southern Indian Squash Curry

Main Course Indian Squash Sweetpotato Vegan Vegetarian


  • 1 lg. butternut squash (or 4 medium sweet potatoes)
  • 1 tbsp. flaked almonds
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 slices ginger, or 1/2-1 tsp. dried ginger
  • 1 red chili, deseeded and sliced, or 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 3/4 c. coconut milk (about half of a standard 14.5 oz can)
  • 1-1.5 c. baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped


Peel the squash or sweet potatoes. Discard the seeds and cut the flesh into 1-inch pieces. Toast the almonds in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat for 5-7 minutes and set aside. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onions until lightly browned, stirring regularly, 12-15 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, chili, coriander, cumin, mustard seeds, and turmeric. Reduce heat to low and cook until fragrant, 3-5 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the squash or sweet potatoes and coconut milk. Stir and cover, simmer for 20 minutes until just tender. Add the spinach and cilantro, and stir until the spinach is just wilted. Serve with rice, topped with almonds.

Penzey’s Spices

Sweet Potato Muffins

Breakfast Muffin Sweetpotato Untested


  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 c. cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (1 lg. sweet potato, about 1 lb.)
  • 1/4-1/3 c. milk
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1/4 c. chopped pecans


  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 375. Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar, beating on medium speed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the sweet potatoes and milk. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add to the creamed mixture, stirring just until moistened. Fold in the raisins and pecans. Spoon the batter into greased muffin pans, filling 2/3 full. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle liberally over each muffin. Bake at 375 for 25-27 minutes.

Penzey’s Muffins